Costner's comeback

Kevin Costner’s comeback is official. With news breaking on May 28 that his film ‘Three Days to Kill’ has been picked up for distribution by Relativity and two major films to be released prior to that, Costner is experiencing a career resurgence that is enviable.

‘Three Days to Kill’ stars Costner as a CIA operative/hit man who, after being diagnosed with a terminal disease, decides to hang up his cloak and dagger and focus on reconnecting with his estranged wife and daughter. When “The Agency” approaches his character Ethan Runner to complete one more extremely dangerous mission, he accepts the offer since what is offered as payment is an experimental cure for his illness.

‘Three Days to Kill’ will be released on February 14, 2014.

Costner will appear first in ‘Man of Steel’ on June 14. If you haven’t already heard of ‘Man of Steel’, it’s the ‘Superman” reboot from director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) screenwriter David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento, The Prestige).

‘Man of Steel’ features Costner as Jonathan Kent, the human adoptive father of “Kal-El/Superman.”

Next up on Costner’s roster is the reboot of the Tom Clancy “Jack Ryan” franchise, based on characters from Clancy’s highly successful novels. In the film ‘Jack Ryan’ Costner plays William Harper, CIA mentor to Ryan (Chris Pine) as they attempt to thwart a Russian terrorist attack aimed at destroying the U.S. economy. Pine (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) takes over the role of Jack Ryan which has been played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.

Director Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Dead Again) helms the action espionage thriller due in theaters December 25, 2013.

Kevin Costner was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars in the 1980’s and early 1990’s with his breakout role coming in director Lawrence Kasdan’s ‘Silverado’ opposite Kevin Kline and Danny Glover.

‘Bull Durham’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ solidified Costner’s box office ability, which led to his Oscar-winning directing debut ‘Dances with Wolves’ in 1990.

Although Costner has never completely faded from movie stardom, box office misfires and smaller roles in smaller films might have downgraded his once “A-List” status.

Costner has been quoted as saying, ” Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.” (Interview with David Giammarco, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Nov/Dec 2000.)

Costner has seemingly exemplified those comments as his talent and commitment to the craft of acting have made him one of Hollywood’s most sought after character actors working today.


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